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20131023162035-ikoiko_from_the_series_the_afronauts_2012_c_cristina_de_middel Black power in a parallel universe   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Cristina De Middel at Foam - Fotografie Museum September 13th, 2013 - December 11th, 2013
Posted 10/23/13

The Russians had Laika and Yuri Gagarin, respectively first dog and first man in space. The Americans hit back with Neil Armstrong, who made his small step/giant leap onto the moon’s surface. But both superpowers could easily have been eclipsed by Zambia, if only it had been up to Edward Makuka Nkoloso. In the early sixties, this village schoolteacher, who styled himself Director of the Zambia National Academy of Space Research, had developed a full-blown plan to win the space race. Neither... [more]

20131009170254-20131006_161224 Playing with Gray Matter   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
lotte geeven at P/////AKT September 21st, 2013 - October 20th, 2013
Posted 10/9/13

Conceived as half of a two-exhibition series titled A Matter of Sight and Light and Matter, Lotte Geeven's solo show at PAKT plays with the viewer’s perception, right off the bat. The most striking installation in the Zeeburg gallery is a series of stripes, ranging from black to white, which turn the banal chromatic shift of the venue's floor that occurs over the course of the day into something visible and discrete. Another work, this one sound-based, plays noises recorded by the artist dur... [more]

20130926063302-cf8d44a4a13a721af0b65b6efaade779 Lost and found in translation   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Olga Balema at Galerie Fons Welters September 7th, 2013 - October 12th, 2013
Posted 9/26/13

Acoording to ayou are here but she isrelease Thursdayby theateam consisting of the plancute fordoexperts foundoutanoilslick True story. And while we’re still perplexed, let us ask: What do rusty metal fountains, stretched leggings, and elongated latex hands have to do with translation? For that, I direct you to Olga Balema, whose cryptic solo show Body of Work is currently installed in Galerie Fons Welters. If it sounds like I’m being snarky, I’m not. The work, which centers on... [more]

20130914211545-20130909184048-hiorns Fall Preview: Bittersweet Nostalgia in Amsterdam   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Posted 9/14/13

More than birthdays, more than New Year’s Eve, there’s something about September that viscerally marks the passage of time. A feeling of nostalgia hides under the angle of the Earth’s axial tilt. It blows in on cooling winds, grows with the lengthening shadows. It begins gradually, the bittersweet end of Summer, then suddenly there’s no time left. Last September the Stedelijk Museum reopened. Has it really been a whole year? Indeed. We’ve attended stellar exhibiti... [more]

20130909184048-hiorns Fall Preview: Bittersweet Nostalgia in Amsterdam   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Posted 9/9/13

More than birthdays, more than New Year’s Eve, there’s something about September that viscerally marks the passage of time. A feeling of nostalgia hides under the angle of the Earth’s axial tilt. It blows in on cooling winds, grows with the lengthening shadows. It begins gradually, the bittersweet end of Summer, then suddenly there’s no time left. Last September the Stedelijk Museum reopened. Has it really been a whole year? Indeed. We’ve attended stellar exhibiti... [more]

20130828184026-mondrian_girls1 The Call of the Mall   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Fernando Sanchez Castillo, Nathan Coley, Robbie Cornelissen, Matthew Darbyshire, Sylvie Fleury, Christian Jankowski, Krijn De Koning, Gabriel Lester, LIGNA, Antonio Vega Macotela, John Miller, Wilfredo Prieto, Melle Smets, Pilvi Takala, Troika, Bik van der Pol, Lily van der Stokker, Henrik Vibskov at Hoog Catharijne and Utrecht Central Station June 20th, 2013 - September 22nd, 2013
Posted 8/28/13

I saw a wonderful thing at the mall the other day. I was standing outside the supermarket when five models wearing replica Yves Saint Laurent Mondrian dresses walked by, each leading a pure bred dog in tow. I readily joined the parade of people accumulating behind these designer dog walkers, and followed them throughout the mall where they would occasionally pause, cue music, perform choreographed poses, then move on. Let’s take a step back. Hoog Catharijne, where I spied these models, is bot... [more]

20130815082940-wall_painting___untitled__-_jan_van_der_ploeg__2013__acrylic_on_wall__pink_moon___organising_principles__9_june_-_11_august__new_art_space_amsterdam Holding up the walls   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Jan van der Ploeg at New Art Space Amsterdam (NASA) June 9th, 2013 - September 1st, 2013
Posted 8/15/13

The first time I saw an artwork by Jan van der Ploeg was probably in one of the corridors of Galerie West, in Den Haag. To be honest it was the remaining part of a wall painting the Amsterdam-born painter made in 2011 (as this video documents) and I didn't even know it was an artwork at all; it was still there but all the rooms in the gallery were hosting work by another artist. Truth is, wall painting benefits from isolation and emptiness to be properly acknowledged, and Van der Ploeg's style... [more]

20130731185000-l1060921 Design That Matters: Interview with Till Wolfer of N55   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
N55, Till Wolfer at Het Glazen Huis July 21st, 2013 - September 22nd, 2013
Posted 7/31/13

Two and a half years ago, the Danish artist collective N55 developed a new bicycle design in collaboration with artist and designer Till Wolfer. The designs can be downloaded from an open source, the materials bought from pretty much any DIY shop in the world, and the bikes can be made with simple hand held tools. The aim is to reclaim production. Until the 9th of September the bikes are being exhibited at the Glazen Huis (Glass House) in Amsterdam’s Amstelpark, as part of the exhibition project Zon... [more]

20130717182135-mushroom_hunter XXXL   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Klaas Kloosterboer, Chris Martin, Jim Shaw at Submarine Wharf June 8th, 2013 - September 29th, 2013
Posted 7/17/13

First, a note on scale: In archival photos of Egyptian ruins and monuments, there’s generally a little dude and/or camel in there functioning as a yardstick. Like these little dudes and/or camels, my partner appears in a lot of my photos of art for scale. Recently he came in handy at Katharina Grosse’s show at De Pont, and again in the Louvre’s hall of large-format paintings (David’s The Coronation of Napoleon, for example, measures twenty by thirty-two feet). But never has a... [more]

20130712162803-hans_op_de_beeck__staging_silence__2___2013 Artificial Amsterdam?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Lara Almarcegui, Linda Bannink, James Beckett, Egle Budvytyte, Fernando Sánchez Castillo, Hans Op de Beeck, Carlos Garaicoa, Kendell Geers, Bart Groenendaal, Bert Haanstra, Inti Hernandez, Roderick Hietbrink, Thomas Hirschhorn, Philipp Kremer, Glenda Leon, Cristina Lucas, Arnoldus Montanus, Tatsu Nishi, Jan Rothuizen, Mounira Al Solh, Kuang-Yu Tsui, Ed van der Elsken, Barbara Visser, Lawrence Weiner at de Appel Arts Centre June 29th, 2013 - October 13th, 2013
Posted 7/12/13

The city as an artwork. That's quite a broad premise for a group show, even more so considering the increasingly heterogeneous ways in which contemporary artists dabble with public space these days. Visiting the exhibition currently hosted at De Appel, though, I didn't find so much of the mapping, downscale modeling, installation-erecting that so much abounds when it comes to tackling the urban within the gallery space. The zoom is rarely on the “bigger picture”, and maps are quietly... [more]

20130704072727-communitas_original When Things Fall Apart   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Aernout Mik at Stedelijk Museum May 4th, 2013 - August 25th, 2013
Posted 7/4/13

Growing up in the Netherlands in the late eighties as the child of a liberal, creative, and slightly mad family meant that on Sunday morning, church was replaced by Rembo en Rembo. Broadcast by a television network producing possibly the best and most inappropriate children’s television ever made, Rembo and his friend Rembo – two ultra camp chavs in their late twenties – looked at society through bright pink, star shaped glasses (to match their seventies glitter suits) and taught... [more]

20130619155247-neon_red Mountain Mementos   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Woody van Amen at Galerie Ron Mandos (Amsterdam) June 7th, 2013 - July 13th, 2013
Posted 6/19/13

Sometimes artists that came of age in the 60s prefer to stick to a medium and play with the same format for decades, applying the same formula to different materials. The temptation to break down the art experience in a semiotic reflection on discourse tends to lead in that direction, but even though Woody van Amen is clearly interested in pushing his own symbolic vocabulary to the fore, the pieces currently on show at Ron Mandos show a relatively wide range of figures and content. Curiously enough, the profile of the S... [more]

20130606063034-pasolini01 History in Transformation   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Maria Barnas, Daya Cahen, Dina Danish, Willem de Rooij, Alfredo Jaar, Alon Levin, Aernout Mik, Rob Schröder, Jan Svankmajer, Jasmijn Visser, Felix Weigand at Castrum Peregrini April 25th, 2013 - June 23rd, 2013
Posted 6/6/13

Amsterdam’s histories are revisited in the present in ways ranging from the spectacle of the Amsterdam Dungeon to more serious approaches like those of the Anne Frank Huis. Every tourist knows the way to the latter and I can understand why. The hiding place where a girl penned her gripping diary captures the imagination. Anne Frank’s story might be the most famous, but she was just one of many forced to hide during the German occupation. Another former hiding place, less well known but equal in... [more]

20130525171811-pinkpony_57_299_supernatural_etalage5-1-web Breaking Bread with the Pink Pony Express   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Posted 5/25/13

One of the exhibitions that caught my interest a little while back was a show called Supernatural, put together by the artist collective Pink Pony Express. In February this year they transformed an empty building in the Kolenkitbuurt in Amsterdam West (dubbed the city’s worst neighbourhood in 2009) into a pop-up exhibition space. On the floor of the space they made a mosaic installation using old bread from the local Muslim community. Bread, according to the Koran, is holy and should not en... [more]

20130523075329-the_secret_life_of_cities Nature vs. Neglect   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Gabriel Lester at Galerie Fons Welters April 27th, 2013 - June 1st, 2013
Posted 5/23/13

From the perspective of a panther looking for prey, awkwardly hiding behind urban foliage, Gabriel Lester filmed and photographed the streets. Leaves of trees, ivy, and blossoms dominate his images while the tarmac, cars, and people in the background continue on with their days. Lester quietly observes non-spaces while the world passes him by. Why? Flicking though Lester’s monograph How To Act, I couldn’t help but notice an obsession with the mundane. His installations, captured i... [more]

20130508161007-o A Mysterious Visit to Huberville   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Thomas Huber at Galerie Akinci April 6th, 2013 - May 18th, 2013
Posted 5/8/13

The Thomas Huber solo show at Akinci reminds me a little of the Atelier van Lieshout one at Grimm, which I reviewed here last December – if anything because they both revolve around the construction of an imaginary city. But while AVL's was a three-dimensional, all-encompassing experience, Huber's is more of an old-fashioned dip in metaphysical landscapes, à la de Chirico. The Zurich-born artist invites the viewer to visit his urban creation either through the contemplation of immersive paintings... [more]

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